Books by Noreen Ayres

THE JUAN DOE MURDERS by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Count on it: If she went mano à mano with Kay Scarpetta, Smokey (Carcass Trade, 1994, etc.) would win the bloody scalpel award."
When Nita Estevez paid her cousin a thousand bucks to smuggle her across the border into the States and find her work in the Garden Grove garment factory in a back area of Orange County, she was hoping for a better life. Read full book review >
CARCASS TRADE by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 20, 1994

"Dirty Dancing with country music, scooter trash, gross-out autopsies, and all the raunchy bravado to prove that neither you nor Kay Scarpetta has half the cojones of Smokey Brandon."
When she realizes that her brother Nate's missing ex-wife, Miranda, just might be the unidentified torso in an incinerated car found in Carbon Canyon, So-Cal copper Smokey Brandon (A World the Color of Salt, 1992) takes a giant step back from forensic investigations to return to her roots as an underage stripper and goes undercover as a lingerie model in Monty's Python, a biker bar run by the man who'd worked on Miranda's cycle. Read full book review >
A WORLD THE COLOR OF SALT by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Authentic-sounding forensic nitty-gritty, autopsy protocol, and so on—but that jangling, be-bop narrative begins to grate after a while."
Sounding like an uncensored outtake from vintage Hill Street Blues, this introduction to ex-stripper, ex-cop, Orange County forensic specialist Smokey Brandon is tough, hip, visceral, and lusty enough to make both Wambaugh and Spillane sit up and wince. Read full book review >